Caring for Your Retainer

There’s nothing quite like getting your braces off. But it’s important to remember that your work isn’t finished there! Wearing your retainer after treatment is a crucial part of the process after treatment, while your teeth settle into their new alignment. That being said, we wanted to spend some time sharing some tips on how to take good care of your orthodontic retainer.

Trapnell Orthodontics is proud to provide orthodontic treatment to those across Utah County. Whether through traditional braces or Invisalign, our treatments will lead you to a healthier, more beautiful smile. If you’re interested in any of these orthodontic services, call one of our Utah County offices today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about how you can care for your orthodontic retainer.

The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers

When you finish with braces or Invisalign, there is a period where your teeth might want to shift back towards their old alignment. So it’s crucial that you wear your retainer prudently after treatment. Depending on the type of retainer you receive, your orthodontist will instruct you on when and how to wear your retainer so that your teeth can settle into the new alignment. Taking care of your retainer is equally important, so that it can work effectively.

How to Care for Your Retainer


  • Regular cleaning: Cleaning your retainer regularly is a must. You can clean it with your toothbrush and a little toothpaste, by running it under water after each use, or by using denture cleaning agents.
  • Store it in a safe place: Keep your retainer closed in its container when you’re not using it, and keep the container somewhere safe where you won’t lose it. Your nightstand is a perfect home for your retainer.
  • Protect your retainer from damage: Your retainer is an important device that is customized to fit your alignment perfectly. So you definitely want to avoid damage. Store it on tables, off the ground, and away from pets!
  • Be careful when you’re putting in and taking out your retainer: If your retainer has an archwire, make sure you’re not bending it when you take your retainer out. Again, any damage to the retainer will make it less effective in solidifying your new alignment.

Join Trapnell Orthodontics Today!

If you’re seeking orthodontics in Utah County, look no further than Trapnell! We have a number of orthodontic offices across the valley. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! You can find information on each of our offices here.